John Craven takes a walk in the footsteps of the poet John Keats and explores the landscape that inspired his poem To Autumn, written 200 years ago this autumn.
In this special programme, the team are looking at all things autumn. Ellie is on Alderney, where autumn storms have washed up seaweed that's providing a seasonal feast for an unexpected animal. She also takes part in a survey of gannets' nests, now that the birds have left for the winter. Steve is in North Yorkshire exploring the colours of autumn and finding out what causes this seasonal display. John takes a walk in the footsteps of the poet John Keats and explores the landscape that inspired his famous poem To Autumn, written 200 years ago this autumn. Anita is on the farm of Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, getting some hints on pickling and preserving autumn produce. And Adam is in Herefordshire, meeting some farmers turning their seasonal crop of spuds into vodka.
Autumn is the time of year when gardeners and allotment holders have a glut of fruit and vegetables that they need to figure out how best to store.
Anita is in North Yorkshire picking up some top preservation pointers from Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks.
Tommy uses his own home-grown fruit and vegetables as the basis for the tasting menu in his restaurant.
And he has a variety of ways of storing his harvest to make it last through the winter, from freezing to pickling and fermenting.
Anita gets hands on in the kitchen to help knock up a batch of fermented Kimchi made from mangel-wurzels.
For many, Autumn is a season of colour.
And Steve sees for himself the most dazzling displays of colour at Thorp Perrow Arboretum in Bedale, where whole areas have been planted specifically for their autumn colour.
Steve finds out from Tom Bennet, a lecturer in plant sciences, how and why our woodlands turn from the lushest green to glittering golds and to the deepest of reds.
He then joins botanical illustrator Bridget Gillespie for a masterclass in capturing this autumnal spectacle.
|Series Producer||Joanna Brame|
|Executive Producer||Bill Lyons|